Basic concept Bb-concert trumpet "Master Frieder G.Loebner"

The concert trumpets from my workshop are generally manufactured of gold brass (which is brass containing > 85 % copper).

Total tube length = 1290 mm complying with a basic tuning of a' = 440 Hz; at ca. 12 mm drawn out tuning slide (in order to compensate tempereature fluctuation e. g. when playing together with woodwinds/organ etc.).

Standardly concert trumpets in Bb, C & D are equipped with 6 corpus braces and 1 tuning slide brace + 1 3rd valve slide brace. The bell gets a broad nickel silver garland with elaborate hand-made engraving.


On demand, the following variations are planable in accordance with the customer:


A.) Accessories, Mouthpiece:

Standardly I supply thereto a mouthpiece 1½ C GEWA-CUP or aS silver plated. This complies with a large cup for concert trumpets according to the diapason.

On demand, I also deliver mouthpieces made to measure of other manufacturers.


B.) Lead pipe:

Standardly I manufacture an optimally adjusted and firmly brazed lead pipe (gold brass with long mouthpiece receiver mady of nickel silver).

On demand I also manufacture diverse swappable lead pipes, additionally after proof by the customer – as a matter of course at extra charge.


C.) Diapason:

My concert trumpets are manufactured with a medium diapason, similar to the „Heckel“ diapason, that means relatively wide, which effects a moderately primary, sonorous and warm tone.

If requested, also the mounting of so-called narrow bells (with “Jazz diapason”) or our “Jumbo” bells with extremely broad diapason for prevalent use in the alto section can be executed.


D.) Second bell to lead pipe brace:

I serially build into my concert trumpets a second lead pipe brace. Numerous manufacturers set aside this brace in order to construct the instrument lighter and better in responsiveness.

In my opinion stability of the instrument suffers extremely and, from experience, in the length of time a lot of repairing will be necessary due to the absence of this brace.

On demand the fixation of this brace is abdicated (which reduces the total price).


E.) Joints / Key system (machine):

The concert trumpets are equipped with a spiral Minibal® key system which is very low-maintenance and runs quietly and smoothly for a long time event at high load. For many years these joints do not need to be adjusted.

The inner valves are made of bell founding bronze. The manufacturer of the valves guarantees for them a high quality production standard at optimal fitting accuracy and smooth run. The valves can operate for a lifetime at normal use.

Despite possible differing wishes, here we do not allow any compromises and recommend: not to engage with cheap valves for the core of the trumpet.


F.) Finger rings:

Standardly I add to all my trumpets hand-forged finger rings of nickel silver.

These finger rings give the trumpet a more favourable tone and vibration stability. Furthermore these finger rings guarantee a reliable, relaxing, well-balanced and ergonomic posture to the player by their positioning.

On demand every player gets the opportunity to define the position of the finger rings and other braces during the assembly of his or her instrument. This demands exact arrangement of an appointment – however no extra charge. Alternatively the player can also have built in a simple pierced finger ring, which would give less inner stability and unfavourable tone stability to the instrument, but is more budged-priced.


G.) Lead pipe to bell front brace:

The possibilities for the lead pipe to bell front brace are similar to the brace under point „D“. Furthermore we offer – additionally to the forged semicircle clas braces – the so-called “Heckel”-plate brace. Here there are, however, price differences.

Then, the instruments are on demand manufactured completely – which means including in the tuning slide – with turned plate braces.

H.) Tuning slide brace, hand-chased:

Into my concert trumpets I mostly build the extremely robust hand-chased tuning slide braces and as well a bell to 1st valve brace. These are laboriously forged from one piece, give the tuning slide and therewith the whole instrument a high stability and a good homogeneous vibration stability.

On demand we abdicate these gigh class forged braces and build in a simple turned tuning slide brace and/or bell to 1st valve brace. This results in a lower price.

I.) Basic material bell:

Basically I use gold brass as basic material at a plate thickness of 0.4 – 0.45 mm for the manufacturing of my trumpets. These are light bells which have, however, a good stability.

On demand we also manufacture instruments with extra-thin bells. These have an easier responsiveness, but a break-out of the tone in “Forte” and less stability of the instrument is more likely. Furthermore we also manufacture instruments with nickel silver and silver bells, if you wish.

J.) Bell garland, nickel silver:

Standardly we manufacture concert trumpets with broad bell garland of nickel silver. These garlands conduce to the stability of the bell and the tone stability (the upper tone development, they avoid flutterin = break-out of the upper tones in strong Forte with relatively thin bell material).

On demand we also build you simple bells without garland or small nickel-silver garland = ca. 10 mm. These wishes result in no extra charge.

K.) Handmade engraving on garland:

Normally my trumpets are branded with a handmade engraving with the denomination „Meister F. G. Loebner Bautzen” and the year of manufacturing, mostly with additional oak leaf tendril left and right of the signature. This is made in church gothic lettering. For instruments without nickel-silver garland, the signature is made in italic Biedermeier-like lettering without decorative tendril.


On demand a customer-made engraving can be added on the lower side:

(e. g. „At the occasion of your confirmation“ + year ort he like more). This is possible on extra charge depending on the time and effort necessary. On demand the engraving can be disclaimed totally. This, however, does not result in a price reduction.

L.) Ornamental stitches:

On the end of all slides and collars, traditionally ornamental stitches are arranged. These are solely decoractive with no function.

If you wish, we can disclaim these decorative elements, which would result in a 3 – 5 % price reduction.

M.) Trigger (tone compensation 3rd valve):

Serially my concert trumpets are equipped with a tone compensation mechanism (the so-called Trigger). It is at good care very smoothly running and stepless usable. As the trigger averts the complete extraction of the 3rd slide, the mounting of a spit valve on the 3rd valve is necessary at the same time, and is executed serially.

Customers can also disclaim this equipment on demand. We would like to point your attention to the fact that the later adding of this trigger and spit valve on lacquered and silver plated instruments damages the lacquering or silver plating and therefore the adding should be done before the surface finishing.

N.) Spit valve, on tuning slide:

All my concert trumpets receive a spit valve with long lever on the tuning slide. These spit valves can be used well also during playing. By hand-forged parts, they have a higher stability and less weight than pierced parts. All parts of this spit valves are made of nickel silver.


If you wish, we also add an overblow key to the trumpets on extra charge.

We can also add simple industrial-made spit valves to the trumpets. The price reduction can be calculated according to the requirements.

O.) Spit valve, on 3rd valve slide:

On the 3rd valve slide there is – as mentioned under point “M” – a spit valve if the trumpet is equipped with a trigger. It is manufactured adequately to the tuning slide spit valve.

On demand I also add a spit valve to the 3rd valve slide if you do not require a trigger.


Others:

Standardly we let the trumpets be finished with clear lacquer professionally by a German lacquering service. This is applied galvanically and burned-in in a special procedure. If you wish to buy your instrument in an un-lacquered condition, a considerable factor can be reduced from the end price. A later lacquering will result, however, in higher costs, as additional work will be necessary for a second time before lacquering. Should you wish to have silver-plated your instrument, this will be double the price and should also be done directly after manufacturing.

Altogether my instruments are manufactured, depending on the equipment, out of 150 – 190 single parts. Each part is well-thought-out and controlled several times. Also each solder joint is controlled severalfold. In this way, the product raises a high quality standard. This philosophy pays out even after many years – compared to cheap products from the Far East for example.


All your demands and special equipment require exact planning and calculation.

From the above explanations you can see that it is worth planning, calculating and „tailoring“ your individual instrument according to your wishes.

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